The City of Leicester
Leicester, with a population of approximately 300,000, is a commercial and cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cultural and recreational amenities. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Leicester is situated almost exactly in the centre of England, 160km north of London (just 1 hour and 10 minutes by train) and within easy reach of many other major towns and places of interest - including Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and both Oxford and Cambridge, the sites of the ancient universities.
Leicester is a culturally diverse city and has hosted many shared cultural events. The city’s Diwali celebrations are the largest outside India and attract visitors from many cultures, and Leicester's Caribbean Carnival is the second largest in the UK.
Leicester is also home to three leading sports teams; a range of excellent, free museums and art galleries; a state-of-the-art theatre (Curve, opened in 2008); the largest covered market in Europe (which has been on the same site for 700 years); and the award-winning National Space Centre (the largest and most modern space-related visitor attraction in Europe).
The Highcross shopping centre has over 100 stores, as well as several stylish restaurants and a large multi-screen cinema.
There are places of worship for all major world religions.